AUSTIN, Texas -- Dell Inc. has been playing around with mobile devices for more than three years now, but now it finally looks to be making a serious entry into that market.
The Texas, company unveiled its latest generation of tablet computers in New York on Wednesday. The new generation features two Windows-based tablets with 11-inch and 8-inch screens and two Android-based tablets with 7-inch and 8-inch screens.
Most of them are based on Intel's latest low-power processors, the so-called Bay Trail generation that trace part of their heritage to Intel's engineering center in Austin.
The launch marks the latest new beginning for Dell Inc. in tablets and the company is taking pains to emphasize that it is making a serious concerted effort and a long-term commitment to the market.
The outcome is significant to the company's future. Dell, which has nearly completed its management buyout, is in the process of transforming itself into a far more sophisticated and complete supplier of information technology.
But an important part of that transformation plan involves staying strong in the personal computer business and somehow finding a way to succeed in tablets.
While PCs remain far more powerful devices, industry experts and Dell officials acknowledge that tablets are gaining ground in the businesses workplace.
"It is clear that tablets are where the action is and where the growth and excitement is," said analyst Roger Kay with Endpoint Technologies Associates.